Lunch 2.0 Launched! #BusinessLunchClub, #BizLunchClub, #BLC

Posted by Heather Villa, CMA, MBA, MSM on June 25, 2009 in: Twitter Tips & Tools

Twenty years ago I don’t remember anyone working from home. Now, everywhere I turn someone is working from home – whether it be telecommuting for a corporate job, freelancing, working contract, or just developing their own business.

I won’t lie, while I love working from home – and I dread going into the office (yes, we do have an office) – it is not the same as it was seven years ago when I was climbing the ropes at an accounting firm. I remember most of all the socializing with my co-workers or being able to take clients out to lunch and discuss their situations over a good meal.

While it was nice to have that expense account, it was also very nice to have a change of scenery and to talk to various people – whether business or personal, whether laughing or talking seriously. Either way, I got to take down my hair, order some Mongolian Barbecue and get down to business…. business lunch that is.

This is why one of my colleagues and I launched the Business Lunch Club. There are so many of us on Twitter that feel the exact same way. Many of us eat at our desks, on our couch, or even go out to eat in a cafe – but alone and on wi-fi and twitter.

Aaron Hoos and I saw a need, a need to make the virtual business lunch and that is what we have done with the Business Lunch Club. To participate you just have to start a discussion (or participate in an existing one) using the tags #businesslunchclub, #bizlunchclub, or #blc. All tweets using those tags will show up on www.businesslunchclub.com, where you can monitor the conversation (even of people you don’t follow). You can even check archives by date if you missed a lunch because you actually had a real live lunch (although – you know – if you do end up going out to lunch with someone you can always turn them on to the #blc and you guys can tweet from your phone some of the things that were interesting).

The goal is to have virtual lunch companions – coworkers and colleagues to eat lunch with virtually, when you may just be eating alone.

Follow Aaron Hoos, Business Lunch Club, and I (Heather Villa) to see how we participate in the business lunch club.

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